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Nick Co

Nick Co

Where the mountains meet the sea.

Nick Co's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing

Nick Co's Bio

Freaken addicted to Backcountry.com. I love the outdoors and helping people. I'm also an Eagle Scout.

Nick Co

Nick Co wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I've had this pack for about a year, and sadly it has fallen prey to breakage.

There are endless pros and cons, but here is a list of the several items that caught my attention.

Pros- The pack fit nicely on my shoulders, the included pack cover was super duper awesome especially living in Seattle. The front two pouches were awesome for my cell phone and things of that nature. The Pockets of this thing are massive and easily held any books, binders, or laptops for school. Seriously, it could hold all of my stuff. The external pouch was sweet for a jacket and anything else random.


Now for the cons.

I found that the upper compression straps got in the way of my pack while I tried to open it. The reason behind it getting in the way has to do with it going in an upward direction. While this pack is massive, that is one down side. Unless this thing is totally packed and it has an inflated feeling, the thing just feels awkward, for me that is. It was floppy and being empty the upper compression straps left a portion of the upper pocket to flap around, again nothing keeping it in place.

Now the only reason I'm returning this awesome pack is because it broke. Where my right should strap meets the base of the pack broke. While it was a great pack I will not be getting another considering it doesn't suit my needs for what I want in a day pack/ school pack. It was fantastic while it lasted and kept my stuff dry plenty of times, boy does that built in rain cover come in handy!

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Nick Co wrote a review of on November 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I took this on an 85 mile hiking trip in New Mexico, Philmont, during the 2012 summer, and it was perfect. It reflected the heat which was super key for me, because I know when I sleep close to the ground I lose an immense amount of heat. Then it was very easy to handle, the pre-made fold make storage for this, "a no brainer", and your really just have to fold it how they tell you. Having been in Search and Rescue also, It can act as a very effecient and stable splint, for both ankles, wrists,and arms. It provides many functions, but it excels at a ground closed celled foam. the great thing about this is that I don't have to worry about popping it, or deflating it. Quick and easy set up.

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Nick Co wrote a review of on November 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these for Search and Rescue in my local area, and it often includes black berry and thorn bush climbing. Whenever it comes to destroying the bushes or pushing through them, these gaiters have held to the test. They have held water, snow, and everything out, and I only have one complaint which would be that along the front, at the very bottom the little piece of Velcro the closes up the boot no longer sticks and occasionally it is difficult to put the hook on my laces. I would highly recommend these to anyone going into a muddy area, snowy area, or anywear where things might end up in your boots, like puddles or lakes. Best gaiters ever!

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Nick Co posted an image about on November 19, 2012

Alpha SV  used in Search and Rescue

This jacket is so rad. Worth every cent I gave, which apparently included a portion of my liver. While it might be expensive, the jacket functions as the perfect rain and snow jacket. It easily sheds the snow and water, and the hood is extremely adjustable. I recently discovered that there are cords that essentially grip along the side of the head above the ears, which allows the entire hood to pivot with you when you turn your head, instead of turning your head and seeing the awesome inside. I could probably ramble, but do understand that I have tested this, and it proved to be durable,waterproof, and worth my money.

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Nick Co wrote a review of on November 18, 2012

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm sorry to sound like the bad guy in this group, but I really dislike these gloves and will most likely keep these somewhere hidden where I will never see them on a wet day.

I am heavily involved in my local search and rescue, and I recently have been testing these about after purchasing them. Living in the Pacific North West, everything gets wet.

When these gloves get wet, they stay wet. It's almost as if they are cotton. They soak up a ridiculous amount of water, and hold the water. When wearing them in the rain, I would rather go bare hand than wear these crappy gloves. Also when I put on gaiters, or anything with some sort of Velcro, it slowly kills the gloves. It easily catches on the Velcro often pulling the strands apart.

I will grant that when it is dry, it keeps my hand toasty, so I guess if worn in a shell it would be an okay choice. I really think though,that gloves should keep your hands warm even when wet especially since hands sweat like none other. That sweat will build up and cause the gloves to freeze your hands to the point of discomfort, forcing you to pull them off and throw the soaked gloves at the bottom of your pack.

Keep this at the store,and leave it to the amateurs, I was discussing this with some fellow coworkers, and they totally agree after having tested them out. They do not stand the rain, sweat, moisture, nor the rigors of being in the outdoors.

I am not trying to be impossible, I am just telling you what happened to me this weekend.

If i'm doing something wrong, or have misused these, please let me know.

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